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Real Madrid wary of continuing red card Clasico curse

Jose Mourinho used to joke that he’d prepare for Clasicos by training with just ten men on the pitch but for Zinedine Zidane that scenario must be avoided in the Supercopa de Espana first leg.

Real Madrid have had a man sent off in three of the last four encounters with Barcelona and while seeing out the opener at the Camp Nou, Los Blancos would hate to face the decisive return without a key player.

In November 2015, the Blaugrana were cruising to a 4-0 win at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu when Isco crashed in with a late challenge on Neymar, receiving his marching orders just as Sergio Ramos did in the second derby of that season.

However, Real went on to win that game with Cristiano Ronaldo netting the winner after his teammates’ red card.

Madrid weren’t so lucky the following campaign, drawing 1-1 with the full complement at the Camp Nou before Ramos was dismissed for a 77th minute lunge on Lionel Messi in a Clasico that Barcelona went on to snatch 3-2.

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